Files containing the EICAR String

If you want to test your Antivirus Scanner, you can use the test string from the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research  ⇒”EICAR”. Put this string into a file. Send it, download it, compress it, do what ever you want. Scan the file, see if your Antivirus scanner finds it.

This is the string:

X5O!P%@AP[4PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Even if your scanner finds this pattern, keep your scanner updated. It is like in real life. The dangerous ones are the unknown ones.

The links in the table blow contain the test string. The files are compressed with different methods.

A quick side note: New, modern next generation antivirus scanners won’t necessary find this pattern. These scanners work behaviour based and not on patterns anymore.

Eicar Trigger compressed with p7zip

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with p7zip.

Eicar Trigger compressed with zip

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with zip.

Eicar Trigger compressed with UNIX compress

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with UNIX compress.

Eicar Trigger compressed with tar-gzip

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with tar gzip.

Eicar Trigger compressed with gz

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with gz.

Eicar Trigger in a self extracting zip

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a self extracting zip file.

Eicar Trigger uncompressed in txt

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a plaintext file.

Eicar Trigger uncompressed in com

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in an uncompressed com file.

Eicar Trigger compressed with bz2

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with bz2.

Eicar Trigger compressed with arc

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with arc.

Eicar Trigger compressed with zoo

Antivirus test pattern. Contains the Eicar test string in a file compressed with zoo.

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